Latvia to provide helicopters and Stinger anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine

18 January, 04:52 PM
Inara Murniece and Oleksiy Reznikov (Photo:Ināra Mūrniece/Twitter)

Inara Murniece and Oleksiy Reznikov (Photo:Ināra Mūrniece/Twitter)

Latvian Defense Minister Inara Murniece has announced that her country will send to Ukraine a batch of Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, helicopters, machine guns with ammunition, as well as drones.

Murniece thanked her Ukrainian colleague Oleksiy Reznikov in a post on Twitter for their Jan. 17 meeting in Kyiv. She said Latvia remains a strong ally of Ukraine and will continue to support the Ukrainian military with weapons and training.

“A new military donation from Latvia is on the way, including drones, Stingers, machine guns with ammunition, as well as helicopters,” she wrote.

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Reznikov said on Twitter that he was glad to receive Murniece in Kyiv during her first visit to Ukraine as Latvian defense minster.

“We are grateful for Latvia’s strong commitment to support Ukraine’s full victory over the aggressor,” Reznikov said.

The Latvian Seimas, the country’s parliament, voted on April 21 to recognize Russia’s crimes in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people, and on Aug. 11 it also recognized the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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